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Vatican Cardinal George Pell Faces Australian Court on Charges of Sexual Abuse

Silent but defiant, Cardinal George Pell made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse, vowing through his lawyer to fight the allegations that have rocked Rome and threatened the pope’s image as a crusader against abusive clergy. (more…)

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Vatican Turns Off Its 100 Fountains to Save Water Amid Italian Drought

The Vatican has turned off all fountains, including two Baroque masterpieces in St. Peter's Square and interior fountains in the Vatican Gardens, to save water due to a prolonged drought that has been affecting almost two-thirds of Italy's farmland as well as its capital, Rome. (more…)

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Indian Priest Kidnapped By Islamic Militants Is Still Alive, Yemeni Official Says

A top Yemeni official has declared that Father Tom Uzhunnalil, an Indian priest kidnapped by Islamic militants during an attack on a Missionaries of Charity retirement home in March of 2016, is still alive despite previous reports of his deteriorating health. (more…)

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According to the Pope’s New Rule, Christian Parents Who Die for Children Can Now Become Saints

While their deaths may not be classified as martyrdom, which requires the presence of a persecutor, Pope Francis announced Tuesday that Christians who lay down their life to save others such as mothers who risk their life to save an unborn child, can now be considered for beatification — the first step toward sainthood. (more…)

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New Research Shows Shroud of Turin is Stained With Blood of a Torture Victim, Supporting the Belief That It Does Show the Face of Jesus

Experts have claimed the Shroud of Turin is stained with the blood of a torture victim, supporting claims it was used to bury Jesus. (more…)

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Trial Set for Misuse of Donations from Vatican’s Children’s Hospital

Other than St. Peter's Basilica, there is hardly better real estate in Vatican City than the sprawling penthouse apartment in the Vatican gardens, where the rooftop terrace has in-your-face views of the dome itself and overlooks the hotel that Pope Francis calls home. (more…)

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Cardinal George Pell Returns to Australia, Charged With Sexual Offenses

Cardinal George Pell returned on Monday to his native Australia, where he has been charged with sexual offenses, as a commission released a new trove of documents from its investigation into the Roman Catholic Church’s past response to abuse allegations in the country. (more…)

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Vatican Police Had To Break Up ‘Homosexual Orgy In Leading Cardinal’s Apartment Owned By The Church’s Sexual Abuse Taskforce’

The Vatican police reportedly broke up a gay orgy in an apartment belonging to the department charged with tackling sexual abuse within the church. (more…)

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Pope Fires Head of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as Sex Abuse Crisis Reappears

Pope Francis sacked the head of the Vatican office that handles sex abuse cases Saturday, just days after he released another top Vatican cardinal to return home to stand trial for alleged sexual assault. (more…)

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Philippine President Duterte’s First Year in Office Marked by Bloody War on Drugs

The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, celebrates his first year in office Friday. Since becoming president, he has picked a fight with former President Obama, cursed out the Pope, joked about raping women and declared his "separation" from the United States to pursue a more independent foreign policy with

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Australian Cardinal and Top Adviser to the Pope Francis Charged With Sexual Assault

Australia’s senior Roman Catholic prelate, and one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, has been charged with sexual assault, the police in the Australian state of Victoria said on Thursday. (more…)

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South Sudanese Catholics pray during Mass in 2011 at a church in Juba (CNS photo/ Mohmaed Messara, EPA)

Pope Francis Announces Plan to Aid War-Stricken People of South Sudan

Pope Francis is providing concrete aid to the war-stricken people of South Sudan and is calling on the international community “to make greater and renewed efforts” to find a solution to that devastating conflict that has left half of the country’s population hungry every day, Cardinal Peter Turkson told a

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Pope Francis Tells NFL Legends he Backs a ‘Different’ Kind of Football

It may not have been his kind of “football,” and he may not have much use for his new helmet, but Pope Francis welcomed a group of NFL veterans and told them their sport has “virtues.” (more…)

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